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By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial
07 October, 2013
The UK Foreign Office has published a "Prisoner Pack" for the benefit of British nationals who find themselves imprisoned in Hong Kong. The pack informs British nationals about services provided by the Consular Section, along with advice concerning rights and an explanation of relevant areas of the Hong Kong legal system and procedures.
The publication also describes the appeal procedure, prison regulations and facilities, and how to arrange transfer back to a UK prison. There are also details of Prisoners Abroad, a charity that provides practical support and advice for British prisoners abroad whether innocent or guilty, and of Fair Trials International, which may assist in cases of miscarriages of justice.
Describing the role of the UK consulate in Hong Kong, the pack explains that it is impartial, and will aim to ensure that a detained national is treated properly and fairly in accordance with Hong Kong regulations. However, it warns that the consulate cannot post bail or pay fines or legal expenses. Further, although the Consulate can provide a list of English-speaking lawyers and answer questions about regulations or regarding welfare, it cannot offer legal advice.
During 2013, the Foreign Office has published Prisoner Packs for a numerous countries around the world, including mainland China. The Foreign Office recently warned British nationals abroad to be mindful of foreign laws, citing the example of British and Irish nationals who were arrested for illegal gambling in Portugal while playing bingo for a prize of biscuits.
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